New Delhi: The entire cricket fraternity is waiting with bated breath as the Board of Cricket for Control in India (BCCI) is all set to announce the name of the new coach of the Indian cricket team anytime.
Soon after it posted the advertisement for the same, reputed names from across the world mailed their details to the Indian board seeking their appointment for the post.
In total, 57 applicants had applied for the job.
The BCCI trimmed it down to 21 and sent the list to a high-profile Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman.
The interview process took place in Kolkata on Tuesday and after the meeting, Ganguly confirmed that the committee interviewed only six to seven candidates.
Here are some of the candidates who were interviewed on Tuesday:
Ravi Shastri: Former Indian cricketer recently complete a 18-month stint as the Team Director of the Indian cricket team. He took over at a time when the team was struggling and also considering the fact that he has the backing of Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli, Shastri could be appointed as the permanent coach of the team.
Anil Kumble: Shastri was the frontrunner for the job, before Jumbo threw his hat into the ring. The leggie has been one of India's finest campaigners in Tests as well as ODIs. He has also mentored Royal Challengers Bangalore as well as Mumbai Indians. Kumble is now said to be the favourite for the job.
Tom Moody: The former Australian cricketer is also said to have one of the finest brains in world cricket. Recently, along with VVS Laxman, he was instrumental in guiding Sunrisers Hyderabad to their maiden IPL title. It remains to be seen whether BCCI will appoint a foreign coach.
Pravin Amre: Having improved the batting of someone like Ajinkya Rahane, Amre is another name who is believed to have done a lot of good to Indian cricketers, especially in domestic cricket. Among the high-profile names, Amre too was in the list and made his presentation.
Stuart Law, Lalchand Rajput, and Andy Moles are other three applicants who are said to have attended the interview process.
The CAC committee has submitted its report to BCCI, who will announce its final decision soon.